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Trump’s America: The Great American Con

Con artists are the stars of five television series this season. And that’s not counting the one on the news channels.  Metro March 14, 2017 Television is packed this season with con-man shows. There are five—count ’em, five—crowding the airwaves. And that’s not even counting the con-man show that’s on all the news channels 24…

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Trump’s America: The Fear Factor

The Fear Presidency – Metro Papers Feb. 27, 2017 The tweeting president keeps trolling the “fake” news media. White House staffers keep leaking to the very same outlets the president derides as “phony,” even as government lawyers confiscate the aides’ personal iPhones. And almost all of it is rooted in exaggerated fear. Fear of Muslim…

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Trump’s America: Making America Shut up Again

That was quick – I’ve figured out Trump’s Policy – Metro February 6, 2017   Two weeks in, it’s already time for a slogan retread. “Make America Great Again” is quickly giving way to “Please Shut Up Now!” — without the please. New petition signatures aren’t being counted on the White House website. The We The…

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In Trump’s America, Size Matters

  This is Metro’s inaugural edition of Trump’s America, which will examine life in these not-so-united states under the nation’s tweeting, reality TV-popularized president. – January 23, 2017 It’s Trump’s America now. We just live here. Sorting out the facts from the “alternative facts.” Checking random Twitter glances inside the new president’s head. Coming to grips…

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POLITICS, SOCIAL ISSUES, NEWS, OPINIONS

Elections, Terrorism, Hurricanes, Politics…Ellis has been there writing, reporting, opining – informing you, making you think, making you laugh. From the tragic, to the history making, to the absurd – browse here through Henican’s columns for his unique take on the news.


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DID YOU EXPECT AN INDICTMENT?

“The 3 reasons the grand jury didn’t indict Darren Wilson”, Quartz There are three reasons officer Darren Wilson was not indicted in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Three and a half months have passed since Ferguson, Missouri, became a national symbol of heavy-handed policing in tough urban neighborhoods. Attention evaporates, even when…

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DISEASE WITHOUT BORDERS

“NYC is better equipped to deal with Ebola than anywhere else in the country”, Quartz, October 24, 2014   Of course Ebola has landed in New York City—everything major does, sooner rather than later. Frankly, I’m wondering why it took so long. Dr. Craig Spencer, freshly back from Guinea, seems to have done everything correctly once the first…

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GOING GOING GONE – A GRACEFUL GOODBYE

“Jeter’s farewell is worth singling out”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, September 28, 2014 He hit it out of the park. Not literally, of course. That wouldn’t have been pitch-perfect Derek Jeter. The Yankees’ shortstop was always more of a single-with-an-RBI-in-the-bottom-of-the-ninth kind of hitter than someone who blasted homers out of the park. Thursday night in the Stadium,…

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FICKLE FANS (STILL) LOVE THEIR FOOTBALL

“NFL fans still tuning into gridiron despite controversy”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, September 21, 2014 The sponsors are nervous. The consultants are arriving. The commentators haven’t taken a breath. And the fans? Despite all the scandal swirling around football, they’re hanging tough with the NFL. Doubt me? Look at the ratings after one of the worst PR…

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ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL QUESTIONS?

“Ray Rice case raises hard questions, with no easy answers”, Ellis Henican Column, Newsday, September 14, 2014 Denouncing the assault is the easy part. Calling for stiffer penalties, that’s easy too, as is slamming the clueless commissioner, the wobbly owner and the most inept criminal investigation in the history of domestic abuse. We’ve just spent a week…

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